The two Irish oil companies that are looking for oil in occupied Western Sahara are about to merge. The firms are undermining international law.
The two Irish oil companies, San Leon Energy and Island Oil and Gas, which are basically owned by the same people, are about to merge.
This was announced by San Leon on 15 October. Download the San Leon release here.
Together they will hold “70 percent gross interest, before the participation of ONYHM (the Moroccan Government-owned entity), in the onshore Zag and Tarfaya interests in Morocco,“ according to the release.
Both these two blocks are mainly not in Morocco, however, but in Western Sahara.
Western Sahara has been under Moroccan occupation since 1975. Searching for oil in Western Sahara is in violation of international law, according to the UN, and the people of Western Sahara is against it.
The Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs have asked the Irish firms to respect international law.
Here are the exact coordinates of the Zag Basin block, explored by San Leon Morocco Ltd, Longreach Oil and Gas Ventures Limited and "Island International Exploration Morocco”.
The news that Irish oil firms Island Oil & Gas, Longreach and San Leon have obtained a full exploration licence for an area near occupied Smara, has triggered a response from the native inhabitants of the territory. And it\'s not a welcoming one.
Both San Leon and Island Oil & Gas have announced that the Zag Reconnaissance Licence has been upgraded to a full Exploration Licence. The Zag basin is located near Smara, occupied Western Sahara.
While under peace talks, Morocco is speeding up its plans for illegal oil search in occupied Western Sahara. The provocation has led Polisario to protest Morocco's actions to the UN Security Council. Read letter dated 6 July 2009 here.